posted on Apr, 9 2013 @ 09:22 PM
Okay, those of you who are not comfortable with the truth are going to flame me, but I don't give a hoot.
In Mexico and other Latin American cultures, it is not uncommon for a father to broker a deal with a man to sell his very young daughter. Here is a
story from 2009 in the town of Greenfield, California. I used to live in that area and I can tell you that no young girl is safe.
CNN) -- A California man sold his 14-year-old daughter to an 18-year-old man for cash, beer and meat -- then called police when the prospective
bridegroom didn't live up to his end of the deal, authorities said.
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez faces felony charges, according to police in Greenfield, California.
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, California, was arrested Monday and booked into the Monterey County Jail, Greenfield police said in a
statement. He faces felony charges of receiving money for causing a person to cohabitate, police said.
Martinez had arranged through a third party to have his daughter marry the older teenager, identified by authorities as Margarito de Jesus Galindo,
of Gonzales, California. In exchange, Galindo was to pay Martinez $16,000 and provide him with 160 cases of beer, 100 cases of soda, 50 cases of
Gatorade, two cases of wine, and six cases of meat, Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier told CNN.
All those involved in the case are from the western Mexican state of Oaxaca, the police chief said. In the Oaxacan community, such an agreement is
"normal and honorable," he said. "In California, it's against the law.
In the story the OP cites, the man was angry that his advances towards the underage girl were turned down. He felt his honor was insulted, so he
killed the mother. I guess there was no father to "broker" the deal.
Often these immigrants (whether legal or illegal) bring their entire culture with them and do not bother to learn the laws of their new land before
doing what they've always done. I suppose revenge when one doesn't get their way with a young girl is a legitimate action in certain countries.
As the police chief in the Greenfield, CA case pointed out:
Police are trying to be culturally sensitive, Grebmeier told CNN, but "when I'm in Mexico, I have to respect Mexican laws. When you're in the
United States, you have to respect United States laws. That's the bottom line.
He said he wanted to send a message to immigrant communities that such behavior is unacceptable. He said his department has long heard rumors of
children as young as 12 being sold or offered for sale. The Greenfield police statement said arranged marriages between young girls and older men
"have become a local problem."